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Brit Awards 2019

My predictions and personal picks.

Brit Awards Logo

With the current political situation in the UK (which I won't get into on this article), it's pretty safe to say that Britain is not quite the most liked place in the world.

But within the realm of pop music, 2018 saw a great year for the current & up-and-coming talent the UK has to offer. And the British talent that range from Arctic Monkeys to Dua Lipa will be recognised at the 2019 Brit Awards.

As an avid viewer year after year, I am very much in anticipation of who the winners will be ever since the nominations that were announced on January 12th.

Here are who I believe the winners will be and who I my desired winners are:


International Group:                            

Brockhampton                                        Prediction: Chic   

The Carters                                              Personal Pick: Twenty One Pilots   

Chic

First Aid Kit

Twenty One Pilots    

With their first full album since 1992, disco pioneer Nile Rodgers and his group Chic's album It's About Time is late 70's nostalgia at its finest, with guest appearances from Lady Gaga, Craig David and Hailee Steinfield. But Twenty One Pilot's Trench saw the duo make a return to the gritty and personal rap and rock music they thrive in, with tracks such as Jumpsuit and Levitate.   


International Female Solo Artist:                 

Ariana Grande                                               Prediction: Ariana Grande 

Camila Cabello                                               Personal Pick: Janelle Monáe   

Cardi B

Christine and the Queens

Janelle Monáe

2018 is the year Ari established herself as a figurehead in pop music with her infectiously sweet R&B & trap infusion record Sweetener and her unexpected smash hit "Thank U, Next" which should see her walking away with this award. However, Janelle Monáe's accessible yet innovative record Dirty Computer tackled issues including feminism and race with a high degree of sophistication and potency, which she deserves every bit of recognition for.

International Male Solo Artist:

Drake                                                                 Prediction: Drake

Eminem                                                             Personal Pick: Drake

Kamasi Washington

Shawn Mendes

Travis Scott

2018 is the year that saw Drake's commercial appeal at an all time high with 3 number one smashes from his number one album, Scorpion. The incorporation of "mumble rap" on tracks like "God's Plan" as well as putting in an old-school flavour on tracks like "Nice for What" in a very fresh way is why Drake is currently on top. 


British Breakthrough:

Ella Mai                                                            Prediction: Jorja Smith

Idles                                                                  Personal Pick: Jorja Smith

Jorja Smith

Mabel

Tom Walker

Jorja Smith's R&B debut album Lost & Found finds the young singer following in the footsteps of Solange and SZA. The atmospheric  instrumentals paired with groovy beats complement Jorja as she beautifully croons about adolescent relationships. With this body work to go from, Jorja Smith is most certainly one to watch.

British Group:

The 1975                                                          Prediction: The 1975

Arctic Monkeys                                              Personal Pick: The 1975

Gorillaz

Little Mix

Years & Years

From the ear-worm qualities of tracks such as "TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME" to their electrifying stage presence, The 1975 have set themselves apart from your run-of-the-mill indie pop/rock band. Plus, the irresistible charisma and charm of front-man Matt Healy appears to be helping them further their popularity.  


British Female Solo Artist:

Anne-Marie                                                   Prediction: Anne-Marie

Florence and the Machine                         Personal Pick: Anne-Marie  

Jess Glynne

Jorja Smith

Lily Allen

Anne-Marie has been blowing up on the pop music scene since her feature on the Clean Bandit smash "Rockabye," and her debut album Speak Your Mind proves that she is a supplier of bangers such as her hits "Ciao Adios" and "2002." Her powerful vocals and undeniable charm indicates that she will be not be going away any day soon.

British Male Solo Artist:

Aphex Twin                                                Prediction: George Ezra

Craig David                                                 Personal Pick: Aphex Twin  

George Ezra

Giggs

Sam Smith

Aphex Twin is an artist I've only recently discovered. However, his "trippy" and glitchy take on electronica on his EP Collapse has me hooked, and this record sees him just as influential a music producer as he was in the 90s. Although, singer-songwriter George Ezra is more than likely going to take home the award as he enjoyed success with his hits "Paradise" and "Shotgun" in the previous year.  


British Video of the Year:

Anne-Marie – "2002"    

Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa – "One Kiss"

Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato – "Solo"

Dua Lipa – "IDGAF"

Jax Jones featuring Ina Wroldsen – "Breathe"

Jonas Blue featuring Jack & Jack – "Rise"

Liam Payne and Rita Ora – "For You"

Little Mix featuring Nicki Minaj – "Woman like Me"

Rita Ora – "Let You Love Me"

Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen – "These Days"


Prediction: Jonas Blue featuring Jack & Jack – "Rise"

Personal Pick: Liam Payne and Rita Ora – "For You"

Rise is a motivational anthem for not letting the haters get you down. It accompanied by a music video with a range of location shots and a spinning camera effect which is an enjoyable watch. However, the gorgeous cinematography, seamless editing and prominence of flowers in For You, is why this video defines the word A E S T H E T I C. Plus, the red dress Rita Ora was wearing is major toot from me! 

British Single of the Year:

Anne-Marie – "2002"

Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa – "One Kiss"

Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato – "Solo"

Dua Lipa – "IDGAF"

George Ezra – "Shotgun"

Jess Glynne – "I'll Be There"

Ramz – "Barking"

Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen – "These Days"

Sigala and Paloma Faith – "Lullaby"

Tom Walker – "Leave a Light On"

Prediction: Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen – "These Days"

Personal Pick: Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato – "Solo"

These Days was a monster of a hit for the drum and bass group, Rudimental, with a star studded line-up of features and a sentimental message. But Clean Bandit's mixture of lush strings, Spanish-inflected guitar and danceable beats, paired with Demi's emotional delivery is what makes this number one hit a solid bop. 

British Album of the Year:

The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships       

Anne-Marie – Speak Your Mind

Florence and the Machine – High as Hope

George Ezra – Staying at Tamara's

Jorja Smith – Lost & Found

Prediction:  The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships

Personal Pick:  The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships

The big award of the evening is undoubtedly British Album of the Year. And I believe the deserved winner is, without question, The 1975. This album combines elements of pop, rock, electronica and R&B that pushes the boundaries of their sonic vocabulary while still maintaining their signature sound. The album has even been compared to Radiohead's OK Computer, as it unapologetically comments on the social media era we live in. But with feel-good jams like "It's Not Living (If it's Not With You)" make it thoroughly enjoyable amongst the eye opening messages of the political situation evoked on songs like "Love It If We Made It." The evolution of this band as seen in this album proves that they are one of the most important musical acts of this era.     

All will revealed on the evening of 20 February where the 39th Brit Awards will be aired on ITV and live streamed from YouTube. The ceremony will be hosted by Jack Whitehall with performances from The 1975, Little Mix, and George Ezra. 

The 1975 are up for British Group and British Album

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